Public Sculpture

Quad City Arts Annual Call for Public Sculpture

WHERE: 5 or more sites throughout the Quad Cities
DEADLINE: April 1, 2017
CLICK HERE for more details and how to apply!

Communities that invest in public art create a vibrancy demonstrating an investment in and respect for the area. Quad City Arts has been instrumental in facilitating public art for 14 years.

Five sculptures were installed in Rock Island and Bettendorf in June for a one year lease. All of the leased sculptures are for sale to anyone with interest in owning them, and if purchased, could be moved after June of 2017.

The city of Rock Island has participated in the program since 2007. This year, the Arts Advisory Committee chose three new sculptures. “In Her Space,” created by Paul Bobrowitz of Colgate, WI, is made from stainless steel. This piece gives drivers something new to look at near Longview Park at 18th Avenue, and 20th Street. “Palimpsest,” created by V. Skip Willits, looks toward the river at 1st Avenue and 18th Street, near Blue Cat Brew Pub. “Red Note” was also created by Bobrowitz, and appropriately stands at 2nd Avenue, just outside of Red Rodeo, across the street from Arts Alley and Quad City Arts.

Visitors to the Waterfront Convention Center, in Bettendorf, can enjoy the temporary sculpture “Sprout” along with several permanent sculptures. “Sprout” was created from oxidized and stainless steel by Bounnak Thammavong of Swisher, IA.


“It’s Going to be Okay,” by Benjamin Pierce of Cape Girardeau, MO now overlooks Faye’s Field at the Learning Campus. “It’s Going to be Okay” is a steel sculpture with two oculus shapes painted with Macropoxy paint in bright colors. This piece is part of the artist’s “Balance Series,” a series of sculptures where Pierce combines unpolished steel with painted steel to achieve a playful balance of shapes and textures.

Benjamin Pierce
“It’s Going to be Okay”

Most of the leased sculptures are for sale and if purchased, could be moved after June of 2017.

Visit sculptures we’ve placed throughout the Quad Cities [map].

Crane services generously donated by Hampton Cranes, Bettendorf.

Permanent Installations

The 24’ aluminum sculpture titled “Swoop,” by Michael Young of Chicago, provides a grand entrance to Bettendorf at Martha’s Point on Riverdrive. After being leased for one year, the piece was purchased by the city with the help of Alcoa and dedicated on August 3rd, 2015. Mayor Robert Gallagher and Manufacturing Director of Alcoa, Rob Woodall, led the dedication ceremony. Artist Michael Young was also in attendance. He explained that Swoop “is meant to convey the thrill a bird must feel as it dives toward the water, and the moment its wing just skims the surface before it begins its climb back to the sky.” Swoop is the fifth permanent sculpture purchased for Bettendorf through the Public Sculpture program. Others are: Trajectory, also near Martha’s Point, Unity at City Hall, Heartstrings at Splash Landing and Cradle at the Waterfront Convention Center.

Mayor Robert Gallagher, artist Michael Young & Rob Woodall from Alcoa
“Swoop” with Bettendorf Mayor Robert Gallagher, artist Michael Young & Alcoa’s Rob Woodall

Davenport purchased several sculptures through Quad City Arts’ program, and the RiverCenter continues to attract visitors with the addition of two sculptures on the RiverCenter grounds. A stainless steel work titled “Comet Tails” by Don Horstman of Fenton, MO, and a rusted steel work titled “Seasonal Celebration” by Paul Bobrowitz of Colgate, WI have become permanent RiverCenter attractions as a result of a “lease to own” agreement.